Crashes involving large trucks in Florida and around the country often result in serious injuries. Commercial truck accidents are often complex, meaning that they may take a long time to resolve, either through negotiations or court cases. Depending on the circumstances, they can take a few months to several years to resolve.
Factors affecting your settlement timeline
Several factors can affect when plaintiffs will reach satisfactory settlements in truck accidents. The investigative phase often takes the longest as all the parties involved will want to determine liability fairly. That’s why it’s important to collect as much evidence as possible to determine where liability lies. The extent of the plaintiff’s injuries will also determine how long it will take to settle claims. Many accidents resolve after victims are fully recovered. Insurance companies are the third factor and are often the most contentious. They generally do not have your best interests at heart and will often do everything in their power to pin the blame on you. They can be difficult to deal with and will repeatedly ask for all details, medical records and the like to thoroughly investigate the mishap on their end.
Getting compensation for truck accident injuries
Injury claims from truck accidents can be attributed to the negligence of many different parties, including the truck driver, the trucking company and even the vehicle’s manufacturer in certain circumstances. Obtaining as much information as possible, especially if your injuries are severe, is in your best interests.
When a court case or negotiations drag on, it’s often tempting to take the first settlement offered. However, victims deserve the right to just compensation. Make sure that you file your claim within the proper time limits along with the appropriate paperwork to maximize your chances of getting what you deserve.